Several male clients tell me their doctors have prescribed supplement CoQ10. A theme I have yet to investigate, but a theme nonetheless.
It is one of the most common and thoroughly researched uses in helping protect the heart and blood vessels from the damaging effects of oxidative stress (aka damage from free radicals). CoQ10 is a common supplement to help manage conditions including heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis (#1 killer in the U.S.) and congestive heart failure.
While CoQ10 naturally occurs in almost every cell of the body, supplementing can initially bump up fighting free radicals. Heads up if you drink too much alcohol and/or smoke. CoQ10’s major role after all is to help convert what we consume into energy to power brain and body. High performers know that ingesting a zillion supplements is kind of like using training wheels - eventually we want to take them off. So supplement as we will, but really tune into nutrition. We prefer beginning with nutrition, reaching our best zone possible, and then supplementing only if you are still not quite on target.
wild salmon, sardines, mackerel, herring
cage-free eggs, free-range chicken
spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, strawberries, oranges
grass fed beef, venison, liver & kidney meats
sesame seeds, pistachio nuts
legumes such soybeans with no GMOs
Benefits of CoQ10:
1. Sustains Natural Energy
2. Reduces Free Radical Damage – Acts as an Antioxidant
3. Can Improve Heart Health and Offset Effects of Statin Drugs
4. Slows Down Effects of Aging
5. Helps Maintain Optimal pH Levels
6. Protects Cognitive Health
CoQ10 deficiencies are not common, but know that the body’s natural production of CoQ10 does decrease with age. If you do decide to supplement, please first reach out to our holistic health and functional medicine team in figuring what is right for you, and only you, as we are all individual. Session It.